CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, February
BRATTLEBORO "The Pillowman": Martin McDonagh's dark comedy presented by The Vermont Theatre Co. A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories. This play questions the roles of art and violence in society, reflecting on all the ways innocence is lost. This minimalist production harnesses the power of storytelling and the humor of the absurd to confront the many faces of trauma and the role of art in all our lives. For mature audiences due to sensitive material and adult language. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through Sunday, February 10. $15, $13 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.
TURNERS FALLS "In the Vicinity": Gallery owner and artist Nina Rossi's various depictions of the village of Turners Falls - railroad salvage ruins, shopping carts, smokestacks, and brick facades abound in these primarily mixed-media works. Thur.-Sat., 12 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Through Saturday, March 9. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800; Click for more info on Web in new window.
KEENE Duo au Courant - Women finding strength through the arts: Duo au courant was created to highlight some of today's most powerful music written for voice and piano. Stephanie Weiss and Christina Wright-Ivanova perform works with a focus on diversity and inclusion, global community, immigration, and issues of music and peace. This program includes Dominick Argento's Pulitzer Prize winning song-cycle, "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf," and both Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf's beautiful settings of the character Mignon from Goethe's novel, "Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship." . 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $10, $5 students. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO High School A Cappella Warm-up Concert: Local high school a cappella groups Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Spiralia, Xpressivo, and the BUHS Madrigals perform at the museum during Gallery Walk. Proceeds support BMAC's work with children in grades K-6. 8 p.m. $5, free for ages 18 and under. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Bingo Night Fundraiser at Green Street School: Green Street School Parents Teacher Organization hosts this event to raise funds in support of winter sports programs, field trips, and additional educational enrichment. Prizes have been donated by local businesses. Food will be available for sale. Family-friendly. 5:30 p.m. (Event takes place 2/8 if school closed due to weather). $1/card or $20 unlimited game play. Green Street School, 164 Green St. Information: www.facebook.com/Gecko.p.t.o.
BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.
GRAFTON Preschool Nature Program - Wonderful Winter: The Hows and Whys of the Season: Why does winter happen? Why are snowflakes sometimes big and other times they're small? How do snowshoes make it easier for you to walk through the snow? Find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the hows and whys of winter. Join us to make a snowflake craft, try out a pair of snowshoes, bring your own sled to slide down our hill, make a snowman, and embrace the beauty of the season. Ages 3-6. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $5 in advance, $8 drop-in (free for caregivers). Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Register: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Love Local: Visit this inviting open marketplace where folks can sample the sweet and savory specialty foods of local farmers and food producers and view the work of local artists and artisans. If you find an item that warms your heart - or your palate - vendors will also have their products for sale. Artisans will be showcasing handmade wares/specialty food, each of which represents the spirit of the regional community. Love Local also gives neighbors the opportunity to discover the wealth of creativity and craftsmanship in their own backyards. Some of the local exhibitors: Amber Bessette Art, Bug Hill Farm, Ceres Natural Remedies, Earth'n Sky Ceramics, Flying Monkey Totes, Gray Raven Farm, Gusto della vita olive oil, Hannah Ellingwood, LKreations (GourdArt), Maple Leaf Designs, Maplebrook Farm, Megan Baehr - Cartoonist, Melody MacGinnis Reed Jewelry Designs, Nettle Meadow, N.O.T. Enterprises - I'm N.O.T Gonna Get Ticked, Our Corner Booth, Putney Mountain Winery, Rodan+Fields transform your life with Terry Sweets, Tanuk Inc., The Hip Bee, Vermont Rocks, and more. 2/1: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., 2/2: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Repeats 2/22 and 2/23). Through Saturday, February 2. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Denise Beaudet: Wall Collage - Body is a Guest / Dante Corsano: New Furniture (ongoing) : Beaudet's project is an exploration of possibility, of the ways we can be connected to this Planet and beyond that are unprovable and perhaps unknowable. Corsano has has been exploring the artform of wood working since 1972. This began with a a playful exploration of wooden instruments, which he originally sold on the streets of Brooklyn in 1973, then to a study of Japanese hand planing and joinery techniques, followed by a hands-on experience of reproducing turn of the century carving and joinery, and architectural renovations. He now creates handmade, one-of-a-kind furniture in his new studio. . Through Wednesday, May 1. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.
BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.